Alan Johnson, Vice President Manufacturing, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK

Alan Johnson is Vice President of Manufacturing for Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK (NMUK). Based at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK, he is responsible for all manufacturing aspects of the plant. On a day-to-day basis he oversees the plant’s entire operation, from strategic planning, to liaising with global functions, and coordinating with supply chains and design teams on all elements of Nissan’s vehicles.

Alan joined Nissan’s Sunderland plant in 1991 as a Graduate Engineer – Trim and Chassis. He was then promoted to Trim and Chassis Engineering Manager where he helped launch the next generation Micra and Almera. After a few years, Alan spent time in Spain with assignments at Nissan’s plants in Barcelona and Avila. This then resulted in Alan being promoted to General Manager Quality Assurance Engineering. In 2009, he moved to Russia as Monozukuri (Japanese for manufacturing) leader, focusing on localisation of parts supply. Shortly after in 2011, Alan returned to the UK as General Manager NEPE and was involved in the successful launch of the LEAF, NOTE and Qashqai. In 2015, he returned to Spain and a year later was promoted to Vice President of Nissan’s Spanish Industrial Operations. In 2018, Alan then became Alliance Global Director of Production Engineering for AMI (Africa, Middle East, and India), based in the Renault Technology Centre in Paris. Alan then assumed his current role in May 2020.